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I was raised an Armybrat, which gave me an appreciation for our military, diversity and travel. In my young adulthood I was a Republican, this in the days Republicans were still actually conservative. When the move began in earnest to push religion into our schools and Constitution, I left the Republican Party or, more to the point, my party left me. I later became a Democrat and have worked on various campaigns and efforts since. I am retired from the legal field and spend my time doing volunteer work with groups such as Pilot International. I also help to moderate a liberal IRC political channel on Undernet which promotes civil and informed debate on the various issues. I dabble at being an artist, preferring watercolors and Native American leather crafts. I enjoy growing gourds to make some of my drums and also use gourds for other projects such as birdhouses which are donated to various community groups to help with fundraising. I am known to be a political news junkie and like to see and to encourage informative debate on the issues. I would like to think I work towards positive change but, apparently, any positive change is hard to measure in today's world. I volunteer with OPN because I believe in responsible free speech and because it's refreshing to see support and encouragement for new writers. My bio, like me, is a work in progress.

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(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 4, 2008
Sarah Palin: Small Mind In A Big Little Town Vice-Presidential candidate,Sarah Palin, former mayor of the small town of Wasilla, Alaska, may have waited as little as eleven days after after assuming office before precipitously firing Mary Ellen Emmons, Director of the Wallisi Public Library, over Ms. Emmon's steadfast refusal to ban books.
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 5, 2008
Librarians Against Palin Founder a Mystery The identify of the founder of LAP is still unknown. Is the new LAP site a blog, a grassroots effort, the latest 527 group on the political scene or part of growing movement that may cost Sarah Palin the election come November if this group of librarians do what they have set out to do?
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 7, 2008
Sarah Palin VP? Don't bet on it As online betting establishments monitor Sarah Palin's latest unfolding scandals, including 'PottyMouthGate' and 'FlirtationGate', their betting line will give Americans a good feel for how Sarah Palin is perceived by the general public in the Lower 48, whether Sarah Palin will survive mounting scandal and whether John McCain will survive Sarah Palin.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 6, 2008
Wasilla Residents Witness to Palin's Racist Double Whammy Slur Against Clinton and Obama. "So Sambo beat the bit*h!" "This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama's win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination."
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 21, 2010
REDNECKS VS. RAND PAUL, et al. Kentuckians have known for decades where Mitch McConnel stands when it comes to corporations vs. the American people. It's now clear who Rand Paul would have stood side by side with during The Redneck Insurrection of 1921 and, it's more than clear whose side he's on now. It's time to get Rednecked.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 20, 2012
Ann Romney Confuses "you people" with We The People It's not only politicians that put their foot in their mouth, or let slip their true thoughts. The Romney campaign is feverishly trying to remove Ann Romney's own foot from her mouth while attempting to put out the resultant wildfire on twitter.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 27, 2010
Rand Paul Excuses Not Appreciated In Kentucky There are some who may fall for the flimsy excuses offered by Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul engineered to absolve oil and mining corporations from any and all legal, monetary and moral responsibility for the recent deaths of miners and rig workers. Mr. Paul may be able to pull the wool over their eyes, but he can't do it to us. Kentuckians remember full well our state's distinction of being home to the 1988 crash at a b
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 22, 2010
IRC on American Tea Party Racism: Truth to Power Truth is a dish best self served, not something we allow to be spoon fed us by those who seek power for whatever reason. IRC is truth speaking to that power in real-time. Are many of the Tea Party followers racist? You be the decider.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 16, 2012
Rick Santorum The Enabler and Catholic Church Ordered Abortions Santorum thinks he knows what is best for all women, Catholic or otherwise, but has yet to be the protector he claims to be.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 10, 2008
McCain and Palin Show Utter Disregard For Sexual Assault Victims John McCain now refuses to allow teachers to be able to help parents protect children against sexual predators and Sarah Palin had the gall to charge rape victims $1,200.00 for DNA kits.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 2, 2012
Romney Breaks Silence Towards The Press Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate, has broken his two month silence towards the open press. The Romney campaign answered three questions posed by the press and told them off twice. It's a start, at least now they are talking.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Sarah Palin Owes Us Apologies As Well Tell us Sarah, when do you intend to fire ol' Fred? Or, does Malek's money make your heart grow more forgiving each and every day...Surely,you will have the conscionable decency to truly apologize to us all for this, Helen Thomas included? We await your apologies, Sarah, "Heaven forbid" you make us wait any longer.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Debate: Junkyard Dog vs. Pretentious Poodle Not having his facts together sealed the fate of the presidential not so hopeful Bishop Mitt Romney, when he foolishly went on the attack and for the President's throat, all the while grinning like the school yard bully he was and is, in school and during his governorship.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pastor Charles Worley a/k/a Pastor Dachau Yes, they will mostly likely starve under his plan to fence and extinguish them. He cannot be trusted to furnish clean sheets or hot showers, nor write in his weekly calendar 'Food drop at First Christ Concentration Camp'. Meet Pastor Dachau a/k/a Pastor Charles Worley.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 4, 2010
SOWELL: A Doubting Thomas No More Thomas Sowell, you've finally thrown off all doubt and officially joined the far right fringe. Welcome to the revolution and the salvation of your very soul.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 6, 2010
Memo To Palin: Silence Is Golden Sarah Palin has become one of the few Republicans to break their odd silence regarding the massive oil spill now threatening the environmental and economic viability of much of the Gulf Coast. Mark Twain would enjoy her sudden urge to speak: "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." Sometimes silence is golden.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Americans' Vetting Process Of Palin More Thorough Than John McCain's And Delivers Surprise After Surprise Americans are asking more questions about John McCain's Vice-Presidential pick, Sarah Palin, than John McCain. Failure to properly vet his candidate has led to surprise after surprise and online betting as to when he will ask her to step aside.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 9, 2008
Per John McCain Senator Obama Is The Anti-Christ If this latest political strategy of the GOP and Senator McCain was not so un-Christian and un-American, their desperate attempt to portray a United States Senator as the anti-Christ would be laughable or at least generate a bit of pity.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 28, 2012
Romney's WOW Factor Banning birth control pills or making them less accessible sounds unthinkable to those of us with any commonsense, doesn't it? Birth control pills being banned by Republican men who like to complain about welfare costs and "welfare queens" makes even less sense. One has to wonder why Republican men even try.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 15, 2008
McCain Caught In Copyright Infringement A Third Time McCain busted for copyright infringement against Jackson Browne, John Mellencamp and Wikipedia.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 6, 2008
McCain's Record of Vet Support Just Another Buffalo Chip McCain picks Sturgis bike rally to offer up his wife up for a topless beauty contest and brag about his record of supporting veterans. He failed on both counts, however, to give these veterans the full McCain.
Wanted The Grinch, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 25, 2013
And so, this is Christmas You can imagine my shock and awe upon learning that "meanie liberals" were trying to abort Baby Jesus from Christmas. You can easily imagine who said such a thing. God bless her, this woman needs all the help she can get. So did I, in getting my stolen Christmas spirit pulled back together again. I was pissed off at Sarah Palin.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Media Questions McCain's Mole But Not Possible PTSD "mainstream media refuses to ask, if John McCain suffers from PTSD from his the five years of captivity, including three years in solitary and torture so extreme that, as he put it, "broke" him to the point he attempted suicide several times" Yet they will give us over 600 news articles concerning his recent mole removal.
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 25, 2008
Voters Deserve The Full McCain never enters the minds of mainstream media to ever ask the obvious question "Could the man running for the highest office in the United States of America, a job with incredible stress, possibly suffer from PTSD.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 30, 2008
ROVE ROLLS, HE TALKS, HE WALKS! "Karl Rove has threatened Michael Connell, a principal witness we have identified in our King Lincoln case in federal court in Columbus, Ohio, that if he does not agree to "take the fall" for election fraud in Ohio, his wife Heather will be prosecuted"
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 21, 2008
Johnny Cash Is Not For Sale Country singer John Rich has just informed us Johnny Cash would have supported John McCain. In what parallel universe does he imagine Johnny Cash singing harmony to John McCain's Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 17, 2008
OUR FOUNDING FATHERS DISAGREE WITH JOHN MCCAIN John McCain, presidential candidate, during the Saddleback Church forum sponsored and hosted by Reverend Rick Warren, stated that America was founded on Christian principles. It seems Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and our other Founding Fathers disagree with John McCain, and for good reason.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 31, 2009
Hardball National Security Cheney Style How much more responsibility for our national security failures does the GOP want to claim? How willing are Republicans when it comes to actually playing national security hardball, especially when playing real ball means saying yes?
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 16, 2008
Mr. McCain, I Am Not a Citizen of Georgia This situation demands a complete look at the Ossetia massacre and full disclosure as to the role you and the Bush administration have played in these events. Before you unilaterally declare the citizens of the United States to be Georgians, you need to answer to us first.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 13, 2008
Did McCain Involvement in Ft. Ord Real Estate Deal Cost Taxpayers Several Hundred Million Dollars? In 2001, two years after his purchase, Mr. Diamond sold the former U.S. military post known as Ft. Ord, located near the beach in Monterey Bay, California, for more than 18 million dollars. Property evaluations now show the long term value of this former public property to be worth at least several hundred million dollars. Senator John McCain played an active role in this entire transaction.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 18, 2008
John, Thou Shall Not Steal Many are questioning whether John McCain stole this old story directly from the Russian author, Solzhenitsyn, an author he was quite familiar before McCain's own controversial cross in the sand story was ever revealed to the press.
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Who Are These Women? No one could have told me that there would be some Democratic women today who would be willing to throw away our hard won pro-choice rights by voting for McCain. Who are these women who endorse another eight years of failed policies which have harmed our families?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Lollygagging By Mitch McConnell Denies 200,000 Americans Unemployment Benefit Extension There he was, Mitch McConnell, holding hostage extended unemployment benefits for those of us who could not find a new job in this the new era of Bush's Legacy. There he was, playing obstructionist games with the financial lives of at risk unemployed Americans. I could only wonder just who the hell Mitch was kissing up to and why.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 24, 2008
Political Gaffes and Gift Horses RE: Recent controversial Couric/McCain interview creating multiple political gaffes and the general mainstream media gaffe of not covering the full McCain.

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